Take-Two made a very interesting statement recently when the CEO said that the success of Grand Theft Auto Online had an impact on Rockstars’ operations. This made the internet speculate that Red Dead Redemption 2 may feature an online component inspired by GTA Online.
However, Take-Two has clarified its earlier statement by saying that as far as Red Dead Redemption 2 goes, Grand Theft Auto Online had no influence. During Take-Two Interactive’s financial conference call for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2018, Chief Executive Officer Strauss Zelnick stated that Grand Theft Auto Online is a major success across the board but had no impact on Red Dead. In his the previous statement he mentioned:
We’ve already said that fiscal 2019, which isn’t that far away, is $2.5bn net sales minimum, £700m cash flow from our operations minimum… that’s pretty consequential.
We are moving in the direction of that goal, David has outlined his five-year plan that will get us part way there. Obviously, we know what Rockstar tends to do. And Rockstar’s activities have been transformed by Grand Theft Auto Online.
Since Red Dead Redemption 2 took no influence from Grand Theft Auto Online, it would be interesting to see how exactly “Rockstar’s activities have been transformed.”
Grand Theft Auto Online has seen tremendous support from Rockstar Games. The flow of content has been exceptional which is possibly something we’ll get to see in future Rockstar Games as well. Meanwhile, it seems the focus will remain on the single player campaign of RDR2 while Red Dead Online may not actually be a part of the package, at least not at release.
Speaking of release, Red Dead Redemption 2 is releasing next year. The game was delayed recently and pushed to early 2018. Red Dead is releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.